In one of the most shocking election surprises, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was accused by a woman of raping her when she was only 13 years old.
The woman abruptly dropped her lawsuit last week, leading to plenty of speculation about what happened. Some even suggested Trump may have paid her off to keep quiet.
But The Daily Mail has apparently obtained evidence that the lawsuit was scrapped because her allegations against Trump did not hold up under scrutiny:
But DailyMail.com has learned that the real reason the suit was dropped is because the claims were simply NOT true.
The woman first sued Trump and Jeffrey Epstein under the name Katie Johnson – a name we know not to be her real identity – on April 26 in California federal court and filed an amended complaint in New York federal court in October, claiming she was subject to rape, criminal sexual acts, assault, battery and false imprisonment.
A source with knowledge of the controversial case told DailyMail.com: “Katie Johnson’s account had been believable and compelling right up until the last minute.”
But new information emerged that suggested she had not been telling the truth.
“Ultimately it was discovered that Donald Trump’s name had been inserted into this, he was not involved whatsoever. After that she had no credibility.”
Relevant court papers “offered no corroborative evidence that her claims were true,” according to the report.
When the claims first surfaced in the lawsuit, filed in civil court in April, Trump’s attorneys dismissed the allegations as a “hoax” intended to harm Trump politically. The controversial child rape allegation garnered some media attention.
When HuffPo knows better than to touch a Trump rape story, you know the story has holes https://t.co/PfX8gvy2lG
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 2, 2016
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) November 2, 2016
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) November 4, 2016
Supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also spread the news via social media.